Friday, August 23, 2013

Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout

The Brooklyn Brewery is in (surprise!) Brooklyn, New York. There website describes its construction so well, it just seemed best to quote them: "Brooklyn Irish Stout is brewed the old-fashioned way, without the nitrogen addition. A large portion of the grain is roasted like coffee beans, developing the typical color and flavor of this beer. Aside from British pale malts, the beer includes caramel malts, black patent malt, unmalted black barley and a proportion of flaked raw barley, which helps the beer develop a beautiful, thick natural head. The famous East Kent Golding hop lends to the earthy aroma. The beer is neither filtered, nor fined and has a light, brisk carbonation. The blend of grains gives the beer an espresso-like bite, followed by coffee and chocolate flavors. At 4.7% ABV, this is among the lightest beers we make, and one of our favorites. Be sure to serve it with “two fingers” of foam, and enjoy the flavor of Brooklyn Irish Stout. Slainte!"

The beer pours black in color, dark brown on the edges if held to the light.  There is a short head of light brown foam (I tried to pour vigorously enough to get the two fingers, but it just didn't foam up for me). The aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, a touch of chocolate, nutty, caramel popcorn. The flavors follow the aromas directly. The mouthfeel is medium to start, but seems a bit watery in the finish. It is fairly dry and only lightly bitter. It has a fine, tingly carbonation. 

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